Hello from Nashville, Tennessee

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by icanhazchikn, Nov 17, 2016.

  1. icanhazchikn

    icanhazchikn Just Hatched

    Nov 17, 2016

    I've been on Backyard Chickens a few times before for information, but joined officially today. I wish I'd joined sooner since I want to find people around me that I can buy a few more chickens from, but can't post a wanted ad until I've gotten to 20 posts on here.

    I started in February with 8 chickens, around 6 weeks old. We started them in my room in a cardboard box and a heatlamp, then quickly moved them to the garage where it was too cold and I lost one because my heat lamp wasn't warm enough. Got a better heat source and they did fine until spring, when I built the bottom part of my coop mansion. I made it too big, at 17 feet long and 8 feet wide and 4 feet tall, but could still move it. I then built the coop part on top and my chicken mansion sat still for months until I just recently got it moving again.

    Along the way I lost three more chickens and am starting the winter with just four fat happy chickens. I have one ameracauna left, 2 golden buff orpingtons and a black and white spotted chicken. I don't remember what breed it is, but we call her Oreo. The chickens have been laying lots of eggs but slowed down now that it's colder.

    My name is Dave, I'm a 38 year old guy working in IT and have two kids (11 and 13) that adore the chickens. They help me all the time with feeding / watering the chickens, watching them while they have fun outside the coop, etc... We moved out of city limits in Mount Juliet, TN to outside city limits so we could have chickens. I'd like to get back up to 8 chickens again, and hope to get similar chickens to what I have, and try some other breeds too.

    I don't let my chickens wander outside unattended because we have coyotes, foxes, raccoons, local dogs, cats, owls, and a lot more, and there aren't any fences to my property so we can't keep the critters out. I'll have to take a picture of my coop and chickens to share after I get back home.

    Thanks to everyone for advice that I've read on here, and I'm looking forward to learning more. I'm very new to chickens and grew up in apartments, so I've just read up on things online or made it up as I go along. Your posts have helped a lot!

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  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings have Kansas, Dave, and :welcome! Great to have you in our community! Happy BYC has so useful for you. Also awesome that you are involving your kids in the process...so many great lessons to learn. In terms accumulating the 20 posts, you can go the Fun and Games Forum or just welcome aboard some new members in this forum. Best wishes and thanks for joining us! :)
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome Dave

    Glad you could join the flock! What a wonderful introduction, I have really enjoyed reading all about you. Great to hear your kids are also enjoying keeping chickens. It sure is a good hobby for the whole family to enjoy.

    Good luck for the future and enjoy BYC :frow
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. icanhazchikn

    icanhazchikn Just Hatched

    Nov 17, 2016
    My other hen is a barred rock, just had to search through pictures on the forum until I found one like her, and then
    I remembered that's what the guy said she was. All of our chickens are very sweet and if we can catch them will let us hold them.

    They're like fun little toddlers that just want to eat anything/everything they see :)
  6. RodNTN

    RodNTN Following Jesus

    May 22, 2013
    Serving Jesus
    My Coop
    Hi and [​IMG] I am glad you joined us here at BYC!
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Great to meet you Dave. It's so nice when kids get involved. Hope you will enjoy Backyard chickens as much as we do. [​IMG]
  8. icanhazchikn

    icanhazchikn Just Hatched

    Nov 17, 2016


    My chicken mansion, 17' x 8' and 4' high in the run, plus my chickens! They were 6 weeks old in February, so getting close to a year old now.
  9. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Hi Dave, thanks for the interesting intro! Getting 20 posts will come about quick enough, just ask or answer some questions, welcome other new members or see if any of the mini contests going on right now are of interest to you (see the link to them in my signature line). You could also chat a bit with other members in your state thread.

    Good luck to you and thanks for joining us!
  10. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there, and welcome to Backyard Chickens! I am so glad you joined us, I do hope you will make yourself at home here. Enjoy BYC! :frow

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